Motorcycle Rider Safety Program
Free Motorcycle Safety Program classes are offered for beginning and experienced riders at more than 50 locations throughout Illinois. This Illinois Central College site provides information for courses throughout Region B. For information on courses in regions A or C, contact the Regional Training Center for that area (See below).
Basic Rider Course (BRC)
The BRC is a 20-hour program that includes both classroom and “hands-on” instruction. It is designed to teach the fundamental skills of straight-line riding, shifting, turning, and stopping, then works toward developing more complex street skills including essential braking, turning and swerving techniques. It also focuses on developing good mental strategies and managing special situations. Motorcycles, helmets, and textbooks are provided for each student’s use. Students must bring the required motorcycle gear to the first class.
Who is eligible to enroll in the BRC?
Illinois residents who are at least 16 years of age on the first day of their class are eligible to enroll in the Basic Rider Course (BRC) if they have a valid driver’s license or instruction permit. Persons under 18 years of age must bring a parent or legal guardian to the first class to sign a participation waiver. The ability to balance and ride a bicycle is expected.
Upon successful completion of the Basic Rider Course, a completion card will be issued that will allow the Illinois Secretary of State driver’s license examiner to waive the written and the riding portion of the motorcycle license test for all graduates who are 18 years of age or older. Persons who are 16 or 17 years of age must complete this course and take the Secretary of State’s written and riding tests to be eligible for a class “M” motorcycle endorsement.
Basic Rider Course 2 (BRC2)
The BRC2 is a 12-hour program that provides both classroom and motorcycle riding instruction. It is designed for riders who have the basic motorcycle operational skills of straight-line riding, shifting, stopping and clutch control but need to improve those skills to demonstrate the abilities required for motorcycle licensing purposes. Do not enroll for this course if you do not have the riding skills listed above. If it is determined by the instructor that a student does not have the required skills to participate, they will not be able to continue and will be instructed to leave the class.
Who is eligible to enroll in the BRC2?
Riders must be at least 18 years of age with recent riding experience. The course is also effective for experienced dirt bike riders who want to start riding on the street as well as current street riders who have been riding with a permit or illegally and wish to become licensed.
Successful completion of this course meets the requirements for a license waiver in Illinois.
Advanced Rider Course (ARC)
The ARC course is one day of classroom and on-motorcycle instruction. The ARC focuses on advanced braking, cornering, and perceptual skills. You will learn to use body positioning to manage traction and improve handling, and have multiple opportunities to self-assess your riding skills, risk taking behaviors, and attitudes.
This high challenge, low threat course was originally developed for military sport bike riders and has recently been adapted for civilians. You will ride your own sport, cruiser, standard, or touring bike in this course.
Who is eligible to enroll in the ARC?
This course is for riders with on-street experience who have a valid motorcycle license and can provide a street legal motorcycle in good mechanical repair. A DOT approved helmet, proof of current motorcycle registration, valid insurance and a completed motorcycle safety inspection checklist (checklist provided prior to the class) are required without exception.
A valid motorcycle license is required to take the ARC. Completion of the ARC does not waive the test requirements for obtaining a motorcycle license through the Secretary of State but may qualify you for an insurance discount.
- You must present a valid Driver’s license at the first class session.
- You must be an Illinois resident with a permanent Illinois mailing address to register for these courses.
- A Waiver or Release of Liability form must be submitted by all students at their first class session. Persons under 18 years of age must bring a parent or guardian to the first class to sign the participation waiver.
- Refund requests: After you have completed your class, you have the option to donate the $20 registration fee or request a refund. Your donation helps to make it possible for us to continually improve the program.
- Registration is only available online, with credit or debit payment.
- You will receive a confirmation email after completing your online registration with the status of “registered”. Contact Illinois Central College Motorcycle Safety Program at 800-252-3348 or email [email protected] if your confirmation email shows “pending” status. This indicates an error with your registration. You are NOT enrolled in a class with a “pending” status.
If a class if marked full, we encourage you to try to get into the class as a walk-in.
If a walk-in is accepted into the class, you will be instructed to register and pay by completing an online registration before the class concludes.
Required Motorcycle Gear
You must arrive with the following motorcycle gear on the first meeting of your class:
- Helmet – a DOT certified 3/4 or full-face helmet (a 3/4 helmet will be provided if you do not have a helmet of your own)
- Protective eyewear – prescription glasses or sunglasses, goggles, face shield
- Long sleeve jacket or shirt – no holes
- Long pants – denim or other sturdy material (no sweat pants, no yoga pants, no hospital scrubs, no holes)
- Full fingered gloves – Leather preferred
- Over-the-ankle footwear – sturdy material (not cloth or canvas), must completely cover ankle
- To reschedule or cancel, you must call the Illinois Central College Motorcycle Safety Program at (800-252-3348) or email [email protected] at least 5 business days prior to class start date.
- Your refund will be issued back to your credit card.
Harper College Motorcycle Safety Program 650 E. Higgins Road, Suite 17-S Schaumburg, IL 60173-4741
Southern Illinois University Motorcycle Rider Program Mail Code 6731 Carbondale, IL 62901-6731
*The classroom is located next to exterior store entrances to LensCrafters, Sephora and Xfinity. The closest parking lot light pole is Labeled B3.
Richland Community College One College Park Decatur, IL 62521 Schrodt Health Education Center, Classroom S188
Rock Island County Fairgrounds 4200 Archer Drive East Moline, IL 61244 Fairground Office
Carl Sandburg College 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd. Galesburg, IL 61401 Park in Lot C. Meet in classroom C209
Greater Kankakee Airport 813 A East 4000 South Road Kankakee, IL 60901 Meet in red brick building, adjacent the main terminal. Enter through the south door.
Spoon River College Macomb Outreach Center Red Trailer 2500 E. Jackson Macomb, IL 61455
Illinois State University 700 W. College Avenue Normal, IL 61761 Turner Hall, Room 201
Public Safety Complex 413 N. Mill St. Pontiac, IL 61629
*Report to the Public Safety Complex and wait outside for the instructors to check you in. Meet nearest the east entrance.
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency 1021 North Grand Avenue East Springfield, IL 62794 Meet outside the north security entrance. Wait for the instructors to come to you. Please do not bother the security guards
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does the course cost?
Is this REALLY a FREE course?
How long is the basic course?
Do I need to have my motorcycle permit prior to taking the course?
Do I have to take this course to get my license?
Will you accept an out of state driver’s license?
Do I have to mail a check or money order or pay the registration fee with a credit card?
I had a deposit on file last year. Can I apply to this year’s registration?
Can I just take the one day Advanced course to get my license waiver?
Do I have to bring my own motorcycle?
Do I have to bring my own helmet for the course?
What size are the motorcycles that we will be using?
What is a registered seat?
How can I make sure I get a class in April or May?
The location I want doesn’t show a schedule, how can I find those classes?
How can I find out when a class re-opens due to cancellations?
How soon will I get information about my class?
Is class cancelled if it’s raining?
When will I get my completion card?
What do I do with my completion card once I receive it?
Can I miss any of the course?
Can I get a replacement card?
order a replacement card
What if I have a disability?
If you are interested in becoming an instructor, you must first be hired and work as a Range Aide for our program.
Range Aide Qualifications:
- Have passed at least a beginning rider course (BRC)
- Have and show evidence of a valid Class “M” or Class “L” Illinois driver’s license or an equivalent from another state
- Have knowledge of and ability to perform basic motorcycle maintenance and repair
Range Aide Job Description:
- Assists instructors in setting up cones for range exercises
- Assists instructors in preparing motorcycles for instruction
- Assists instructors in maintaining motorcycles throughout the course
- Assists instructors in securing motorcycles at the end of instruction
- Assists instructors in keeping range and storage area clean
- Assists instructors in non-instructional roles during the course